I have this case on my iPhone 5. I accidentally left it on the hood of my car and did realize it till later. I was driving down the highway 70 mph. When I realized I lost my phone I got on Find My iPhone and located it. The case was bruised up a little but the phone was in perfect condition and operational. Very happy with this case.
I bought an Otterbox because I have a knack for shattering iPhone screens and dropping devices in water. I also use my iPhone as my music source when I run, prompting a need for sweat protection. To date, the Defender has worked like a charm for these benefits. But I never expected this: Imagine driving roughly 12 miles at 65 miles per hour, minimum, on two major busy highways—with your smartphone mistakenly left perched on the roof of your car. That's what I did: I'd left my phone rooftop on my way to dinner after a long weekend camping and trail running. The Otterbox gripped to the roof and I mind-blowingly recovered my phone. Amazing.
Great case. Dropped phone from heights up to 7 feet and no apparent damage. Only problem is that there seems to be a SMALL amount stretching to the sleeve part of the case. Not sure if that's a defect or from being in the heat. Best case I've owned so far.
This case is Amazing! I left my phone on top of my sedan and drove to the store. After a few miles, I saw something in my peripheral outside the window...my phone! I forgot it! It has fallen off the car (going 45mph) and into the middle of the street. I retrieved my phone with only a small ding on the side of the case...my phone was in perfect condition! Case was great, barely even noticeable. I now own about 15 different defender cases, different colors to mix and match so i don't get bored :)
Love this case! thank you The only upgrade i would suggest is to allow for customizing/image on the silicone backing, or even debossing (like with jelly wristbands)
I bought my first iPhone and immediately purchased the Defender case to surround it after two of my buddies heartily recommended that I do so. One of them mentioned that his iPhone fell down a full flight of steel stairs on a cruise ship without any damage to the case or the phone. I was sold! I wouldn't have a phone without one. I am impressed that my original holster lasted as long as it did before the clip tab broke and the holster had to be replaced after two years of being on my hip belt. I'll be using Otterbox products for any mobile device I purchase in the future.
used holster for two years before snagging the belt clip on steel railing, in the tug-o-war that proceeded the steel railing won over the hard plastic belt clip which I had gained so much confidence that the holster was indestructible. I had such reliable service from my first holster, I purchased two for replacement. the price was good and one for replacing and another just in case they should be discontinued as iPhone 5 sales give way to later releases.
Broke my belt clip bending to get something in the car when my phone wasn't in the clip. Bought this one to replace it, and it fits perfectly. My experience with these is they last for years if you take care of them and don't abuse them. 8-) Great product!
The cases are not cheap but when you can buy the parts it is a great thing. If the shell gets stained from that leaky pen you can order another shell! the phone stays in brand new condition which is great when you want to sell it later.
This case is worth every single penny I spent on it. I tell everyone with a new phone to get an otterbox, and when they do, they do not regret it. I've seen people drop their lifeproof-encased iphone out of their pocket and the screen will shatter. Meanwhile, I've dropped my phone down a flight of concrete stairs and the phone is perfectly fine in the otterbox. Additionally, a couple years ago (this was an older model of sillicone outside, they've moved on to better outside material) the outside cover of the phone started ripping and falling apart. I contacted customer service and they sent me a new one for free. Otterbox truly cares about their customers and the products they create and as a result, I will use otterbox for the rest of my life.
Yes it's rugged and designed to take a beating but what I love most about the Defender is that it is the grippiest of them all. I can't stand how slippery the rest of the Otterbox cases are. All Otterbox cases should have such tactile grip.